Contentious election looms in Myanmar

Two years after the Feb 1, 2021 coup in Myanmar, the country is locked in a vicious multi-front war. Now Asean has to confront a new challenge: how to respond to the military’s plans for an election that’s likely to trigger more violence.

Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing reiterated the need to compile “correct” lists of voters. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGKOK - Two years of turmoil have unravelled a decade of progress in Myanmar, and the question now is whether its coming election – stage-managed by the junta – will make a difference.

Despite the armed conflict triggered by its February 2021 coup, Myanmar’s military regime is pushing ahead with preparations for fresh polls, likely by August, designed to perpetuate its control and sideline the popularly elected National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

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